March Madness schedule 2021: Times, channels, scores for Friday's Round 1 NCAA Tournament games

March Madness schedule 2021: Times, channels, scores for Friday's Round 1 NCAA Tournament games

There are a few Thursday nights that usually are marked on the calendars of sports fans each year. The first NFL game of the season, Thanksgiving, the NBA trade deadline, and both the NFL and NBA drafts are staples of the sports world, but even they can pale in comparison to the first day of the NCAA Tournament.

Of course, March Madness is following a different schedule this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FIrst Four games, typically held on Tuesday and Wednesday, are all being held on Thursday this year, so that means that Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament will officially tip off on Friday this year. That means starting at 12:15 p.m. ET and running all throughout the day, college basketball fans will be treated to 16 games of win-or-go-home basketball.

There will surely be upsets. Brackets will be busted and fan-favorite Cinderellas will emerge. And after March Madness was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, college basketball fans will be nothing but happy to watch their favorite players and tournament-winner picks square off in what is arguably the greatest playoff in sports.

Here’s everything you need to know about Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament, including a full schedule with TV channels and start times.

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What channel is March Madness on today?

Friday, March 19

Game Time Channel
(7) Florida vs. (10) Virginia Tech 12:15 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
(3) Arkansas vs. (14) Colgate 12:45 p.m. truTV
(1) Illinois vs. (16) Drexel 1:15 p.m. TBS
(6) Texas Tech vs. (11) Utah State 1:45 p.m. TNT
(2) Ohio State vs. (15) Oral Roberts 3 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
(1) Baylor vs. (16) Hartford 3:30 p.m. truTV
(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (9) Georgia Tech 4 p.m. TBS
(5) Tennessee vs. (12) Oregon State 4:30 p.m. TNT
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (13) Liberty 6:25 p.m. TBS
(8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin 7:10 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
(2) Houston vs. (15) Cleveland State 7:15 p.m. truTV
(4) Purdue vs. (13) North Texas 7:25 p.m. TNT
(7) Clemson vs. (10) Rutgers 9:20 p.m. TBS
(6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse 9:40 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
(3) West Virginia vs. (14) Morehead State 9:50 p.m. truTV
(5) Villanova vs. (12) Winthrop 9:57 p.m. TNT

All times Eastern

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How to watch NCAA Tournament games

Friday’s March Madness games will be broadcast nationally across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV on cable.

March Madness Live is the hub for live streaming at NCAA.com. All games broadcast on CBS can also be streamed on fubtoTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

7. Florida vs. 10. Virginia Tech

  • Time: 12:15 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson

3. Arkansas vs. 14. Colgate

  • Time: 12:45 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Spero Dedes, Brendan Haywood, Lauren Shehadi

1. Illinois vs. 16. Drexel

  • Time: 1:15 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

6. Texas Tech vs. 11. Utah State

  • Time: 1:45 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli, Evan Washburn

2. Ohio State vs. 15. Oral Roberts

  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl

1. Baylor vs. 16. Hartford

  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Lisa Byington, Steve Smith, A.J. Ross

8. Loyola Chicago vs. 9. Georgia Tech

  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson

5. Tennessee vs. 12. Oregon State

  • Time: 4:30 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Spero Dedes, Brendan Haywood, Lauren Shehadi

4. Oklahoma State vs. 13. Liberty

  • Time: 6:25 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

8. North Carolina vs. 9. Wisconsin

  • Time: 7:10 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl

2. Houston vs. 15. Cleveland State

  • Time: 7:15 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli, Evan Washburn

4. Purdue vs. 13. North Texas

  • Time: 7:25 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Tom McCarthy, Avery Johnson, A.J. Ross

7. Clemson vs. 10. Rutgers

  • Time: 9:20 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TBS
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Spero Dedes, Brendan Haywood, Lauren Shehadi

6. San Diego State vs. 11 Syracuse

  • Time: 9:40 p.m.
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Live Stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
  • Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson

3. West Virginia vs. 14. Morehead State

  • Time: 9:50 p.m.
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Lisa Byington, Steve Smith, A.J. Ross

5. Villanova vs. 12. Winthrop

  • Time: 9:57 p.m.
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live Stream: March Madness Live
  • Broadcast Team: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

March Madness schedule 2021

Round 1

Friday, March 19

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 5: No. 10 Virginia Tech vs. No. 7 Florida 12:15 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 6: No. 14 Colgate vs. No. 3 Arkansas 12:45 p.m. truTV
Game 7: No. 16 Drexel vs. No. 1 Illinois 1:15 p.m. TBS
Game 8: No. 11 Utah State vs. No. 6 Texas Tech 1:45 p.m. TNT
Game 9: No 15 Oral Roberts vs. No. 2 Ohio State 3 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 10: No. 16 Hartford vs. No. 1 Baylor 3:30 p.m. truTV
Game 11: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 8 Loyola Chicago 4 p.m. TBS
Game 12: No. 12 Oregon State vs. No. 5 Tennessee 4:30 p.m. TNT
Game 13: No. 13 Liberty vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State 6:25 p.m. TBS
Game 14: No. 9 Wisconsin vs. No 8 North Carolina 7:10 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 15: No. 15 Cleveland State vs. No. 2 Houston 7:15 p.m. truTV
Game 16: No. 13 North Texas vs. No. 4 Purdue 7:25 p.m. TNT
Game 17: No. 10 Rutgers vs. No. 7 Clemson 9:20 p.m. TBS
Game 18: No. 11 Syracuse vs. No. 6 San Diego State 9:40 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 19: No. 14 Morehead State vs. No. 3 West Virginia 9:50 p.m. truTV
Game 20: No. 12 Winthrop No. 5 Villanova 9:57 p.m. TNT

Saturday, March 20

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 21: No. 12 Georgetown vs. No. 5 Colorado 12:15 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 22: No. 13 UNC Greensboro vs. No. 4 Florida State 12:45 p.m. truTV
Game 23: No. 14 Eastern Washington vs. No. 3 Kansas 1:15 p.m. TBS
Game 24: No. 9 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 LSU 1:45 p.m. TNT
Game 25: No. 16 Texas Southern vs. No. 1 Michigan 3 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 26: No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 Creighton 3:30 p.m. truTV
Game 27: No. 15 Iona vs. No. 2 Alabama 4 p.m. TBS
Game 28: No. 11 Drake vs. No. 6 USC 4:30 p.m. TNT
Game 29: No. 15 Grand Canyon vs. No. 2 Iowa 6:25 p.m. TBS
Game 30: No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 7 UConn 7:10 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 31: No. 13 Ohio vs. No. 4 Virginia 7:15 p.m. truTV
Game 32: No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 8 Oklahoma 7:25 p.m. TNT
Game 33: No. 16 Norfolk State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga 9:20 p.m. TBS
Game 34: No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 6 BYU 9:40 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 35: No. 14 Abilene Christian vs. No. 3 Texas 9:50 p.m. truTV
Game 36: No. 10 VCU vs. No. 7 Oregon 9:57 p.m. TNT

Round 2

Sunday, March 21

Sunday’s second-round tip times will be announced after Friday’s games.

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 37 Noon CBS, fuboTV
Game 38 2:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 39 5 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 40 6 p.m. TNT
Game 41 7 p.m. TBS
Game 42 7:30 p.m. truTV
Game 43 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 44 9:30 p.m. TBS

Monday, March 22

Monday’s second-round tip times will be announced after Saturday’s games.

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 45 Noon CBS, fuboTV
Game 46 2:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 47 5 p.m. TBS
Game 48 6 p.m. TNT
Game 49 7 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 50 7:30 p.m. TBS
Game 51 8:30 p.m. TNT
Game 52 9:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 53 2:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 54 5 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 55 7:15 p.m. TBS
Game 56 9:45 p.m. TBS

Sunday, March 28

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 57 2 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 58 4:45 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 59 7 p.m. TBS
Game 60 9:45 p.m. TBS

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 61 7 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 62 9:45 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

Tuesday, March 30

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 63 7 p.m. TBS
Game 64 9:45 p.m. TBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 3

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 65 5 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 66 8:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 67 9 p.m. CBS, fuboTV